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Conversation series: From risk to resilience: A health equity approach to pandemic preparedness, response and recovery

The events will take place in English with English-language closed captioning and simultaneous interpretation in French.

This webinar series is presented in partnership with the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.



Addressing the social determinants of health during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the cracks in our health, economic and social systems that have disproportionately harmed the most marginalized populations. Importantly, the meaningful work of addressing social determinants of health must begin with the recognition and confrontation of deeply rooted stigmas. These stigmas include colonialism, racism and other forms of discrimination.  


Conversation series

This 5-part conversation series is an opportunity for public health professionals, community health leaders, researchers and decision-makers to build our collective capacity to use a health equity approach in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from COVID-19 and future pandemics.


Chief public health office reports

The series is anchored in findings from the chief public health officer (CPHO) of Canada’s 2020 annual report, From risk to resilience: An equity approach to COVID-19, and the 2019 annual report, Addressing stigma: Towards a more inclusive health system.


Opportunities for Further Learning

The NCCDH is responding to COVID-19 by identifying the differential impacts of COVID-19 and amplifying equity-informed responses.

This is the second conversation series on COVID-19 and health equity hosted by the NCCDH. Recordings from our first conversation series are available in English online.

The COVID-19 and Health Equity network is a google group hosted by the NCCDH, which uses a listserv (mailing list) for information and knowledge exchange about COVID-19 and health equity. It is relevant to public health practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and intersectoral partners. Participants of our conversation series are encouraged to join our network.

 

Registration

Conversation 1 | February 10, 2021 | More info | Recording (English)

Conversation 2 | February 24, 2021 | More info | Recording (English)

Conversation 3 | March 10, 2021 | Click here to register | More info

Conversation 4 | March 24, 2021 | Click here to register | More info

Conversation 5 | April 7, 2021 | Click here to register | More info

 

Conversation 1

February 10, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. (ET) | 60 minutes | Recording

From risk to resilience: Report from the chief public health officer of Canada

Released in October 2020, the annual report of the chief public health officer of Canada reviews how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities across the country.

Join us for presentations from Dr. Theresa Tam, the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer, the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the NCCDH to learn more about the content and intention of this report. In this conversation, we will explore the interplay between the social and structural determinants of health and review emerging research and data on health equity and COVID-19. This conversation will also provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions, connect with one another and share experiences, resources and solution-focused ideas.

Speakers

Claire Betker, Scientific Director, NCCDH Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

 

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Conversation 2

February 24, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. (ET) | 60 minutes | Recording

Embedding equity in pandemic-planning, response and recovery

Both the direct impacts of COVID-19 and the indirect effects from public health measures have demonstrated the interconnectedness of our health, our society and our economy. Our collective response demonstrates our capacity to create real and immediate change towards a future that supports the health and well-being of all Canadians.

This second conversation will provide an opportunity for participants to learn from select case studies about innovative interventions that have been implemented to address COVID-19 related-health inequities. It will highlight areas identified in the 2020 annual report of the chief public health officer of Canada for collaborative and cross-sectoral action that can better prepare Canadians for future public health emergencies.

Speakers

Claire Betker, Scientific Director, NCCDH Dr. Kate Mulligan, Director of Policy and Communications, Alliance for Healthier Communities
Dr. Smita Pakhale, Clinician-Scientist, Ottawa Hospital and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Questions discussed

  1. How do you bring the voices from community into your work and into the COVID response? Why is a community engagement approach important for embedding health equity into COVID-19 planning, response, and recovery?
  2. Why is community partnership so important, particularly right now?
  3. What are strategies and policies that can help support community voices at decision making tables?
  4. How can public health work within systems and institutions to work alongside community towards equity?
     

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Conversation 3

March 10, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. (ET) | 60 minutes

Policy windows: Advancing health equity through COVID-19 recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted deeply entrenched social and structural inequities that impact the health and well-being of communities across Canada. As outlined in the annual report of the chief public health officer of Canada, pandemic preparedness, response and recovery actions need to prioritize health equity as a means to protect the people of Canada from the threat of future pandemics.

In this conversation, the NCCDH will host panelists who are working towards equity and justice for their communities. Speakers will be invited to share how COVID-19 response and recovery has created policy opportunities to advance equity within the social and structural determinants of health. We will explore how cross-sectoral actions for equity and justice can create resilience and lasting opportunities for equity.

Speakers

Claire Betker, Scientific Director, NCCDH Anjum Sultana, Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications, 
YWCA Canada
Lindsay McLaren, Professor, University of Calgary

 

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Conversation 4

March 24, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. (ET) | 60 minutes

Using community knowledge in COVID-19 planning, response and recovery

Both the virus and the public health measures used to stop the spread of COVID-19 have affected the health and well-being of Canadians, and have disproportionately affected some populations more than others.

In this conversation, we will examine how communities across Canada have used grassroots action, collective voice and collaboration to ensure the specific needs within their community were met. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how public health can integrate the wisdom within communities in pandemic planning, response and recovery.

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Conversation 5

April 7, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. (ET) | 60 minutes

The way forward: Moving from risk to resilience

As stated in the annual report of the chief public health officer of Canada, COVID-19 is a powerful example of the serious threat that emerging infectious diseases present; it also reinforces the interconnected-ness between our health and our social and economic well-being.

In this final conversation, we will examine how to ensure that health equity is part of pandemic recovery and future planning. With our panelists, we will examine the strategies and relationships required for equitable action and share opportunities for future engagement. Participants will have a chance to share their ideas for prioritizing health equity.

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  • Presenters:
  • Claire Betker
    Claire Betker

    Claire Betker, RN, MN, CCHN(C), PHD

    Scientific Director

    Claire arrived on March 4, 2019, as the NCCDH’s scientific director. A registered nurse, she was most recently the acting Executive Director of the Population and Public Health Branch with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. Her career has included roles in rural public health and home health, primary health care, a regional health authority and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as previously serving as a senior knowledge translation specialist with the NCCDH. Claire is currently the president of the Canadian Nurses Association and a past president of the Community Health Nurses of Canada. Her PhD work focused on the capacity for public health leadership to advance health equity, a knowledge base that greatly informs her contributions to the NCCDH and the public health field. Claire brings a wealth of expertise, rich networks and a passion to translate knowledge and evidence, especially to position public health to advance health equity.

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